A quote from Hilaire Belloc 112 years ago foresees our present situation

Writes Boyd Cathey:


Foreseeing our present time, here (below) is one of my favorite…and, I think, most apropos…quotes,  It comes from Hilaire Belloc, one-hundred and twelve years ago! How well it fits in our day….Evil is in our midst, and most of our friends and neighbors still don’t realize the stark gravity of our perilous situation….


Hilaire Belloc’s This and That and the Other (1912) (p. 282):

“[T]he Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this that he cannot make; that he can befog or destroy, but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilisation exactly that has been true.  We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us: we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: and on these faces there is no smile.”